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Charleston swears in 1st ever African American register of deeds

Charleston swears in Michael Miller as 1st ever African American Register of Deeds (WCIV)

Friday was a historic day in the Holy City. For the first time ever, an African-American was sworn in as Charleston County’s Register of Deeds.

A familiar face in county politics takes over the seat. Michael Miller used to be on the Charleston County School Board. Now, he’s the first African-American elected register of deeds in the 238 years the county has voted on the position.

“It has such a huge historical context to it, I am still wrapping my mind around how significant it truly is,” says Miller.

“I would like to welcome you to the swearing in ceremony for my daddy Michael Miller, our newly elected register of deeds,” Miller’s 10-year-old daughter said at the…

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After slavery apology, Charleston hiring expert to work on racial inequities | News

Charleston made history last year when City Council formally apologized for the city’s role in supporting the institution of slavery and the Jim Crow laws that followed abolition. 

This June, exactly a year after adopting the resolution, the city will act on one of the resolution’s recommended policy steps to begin addressing racial inequities that persist today.

The first-ever manager of Diversity, Racial Reconciliation and Tolerance will be hired in the legal department to identify those systemic problems and develop strategies to correct them. 

City Attorney Susan Herdina said the position will operate much like the city’s coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act, who evaluates…

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Michael Miller: First African American Register of Deeds in Charleston County

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Michael Miller has become the first African American Register of Deeds in Charleston County, an office that has existed for over 200 years.

The Oath of Office and Swearing-In ceremony for the new Democratic Register of Deeds will take place Friday January 4th at 12 p.m. on the steps Customs House on East Bay Street.

The Register of Deeds office officially records and indexes all legal documents affecting real estate and property in Charleston County.

Miller has promised his supporters, that he will educate the public about sound practices of property history and home ownership as it pertains to the Deeds office.

Miller is an entrepreneur in West Ashley and has served for many years on the Charleston County School Board. Through his non-profit organization,…

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After African-American blackballed, National Action Network takes aim at Charleston Rifle Club | News

In the latest denouncement of the Charleston Rifle Club refusing to admit its first black candidate, community leaders called on the all-white organization to end its “racist membership policy” and said more local officials should publicly condemn the private club.

Several organizations and Rifle Club members have either publicly denounced or severed ties with the group since learning that the club, which boasts more than 800 white members, refused  to grant membership to a black candidate in October.

On Monday — standing outside the Rifle Club’s 2221 Heriot St. property — National Action Network leaders said more should be done and the…

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Caribbean bar taking over downtown Charleston address which last belonged to Crooked Crown | Raskin Around

The Spring Street venue recently vacated by Crooked Crown – King of Pops’ foray into the adult beverage business — won’t stay dry for long.

Los Angeles transplants Timur Dmitriyev and Michael Whiteley plan to open Dalila’s at 21 Spring St. within the next few weeks. According to Dmitriyev, the bar will function as a “Caribbean-inspired cocktail lounge.”

“We aren’t attempting to recreate a scene from the Caribbean,” Whiteley is quoted as saying in a press release, perhaps in an attempt to distinguish the forthcoming bar from fellow downtown resident Cane Rhum Bar, which pays explicit homage to the islands through its drinks, food and décor.

Whiteley continues that the pair…

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Interested in Charleston County’s new property tax plan? Meet with the treasurer Jan. 7 | News

For Charleston County homeowners worried about paying their 2019 property tax bill, a new payment option could be a big help.

Qualified taxpayers may make six payments over the course of the year instead of paying their bill in one lump sum. Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler will meet with the public to answer questions and assist in the filing of applications from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Mount Pleasant Town Hall.  The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 15 

“What I’m hoping is that it will help those with, perhaps, a fixed income to have a better cash flow,” Tinkler said. 

John Wright, who is the president of the African American Settlement Community Historic Commission,…

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